• Elise Castelaz

Weekly Newsletter: June 13, 2020 - June 19, 2020

Updated: Jun 29



ELEVATOR BRIEF

This week, there was a push in many states across the U.S. to pardon and decriminalize cannabis-related crimes. Racist criminalization of cannabis is so old, the Library of Congress found headlines from a century ago. On the Senate floor, Bernie Sanders demands legalizing cannabis to help achieve police-reforms (feel the Bern 🔥, literally.) Multiple mayors throughout Hawaii declared June 14 'Medical Cannabis Day'. In other news, Cannabis sales have stayed resilient throughout the past few months, still showing an increase (take that COVID-19 🤧).

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

A conversation with Dr. Tiffany Bowden, anti-racism educator and diversity specialist.

Dr. Bowden specializes in hosting diversity workshops for corporate environments. In our most recent blog post, we sat down with her to discuss racism in the workplace and how her diversity workshops help combat those issues. For more information on Dr. Bowden's workshops, please refer to her website or Instagram, @rootedgoddess. Also check out her Ted Talk, How My Coloring Book Taught Me About Racism. Do you have news to share? Let us know and we'll consider you for an upcoming feature!

CANNABIS STOCKS


Major Cannabis Industry Stocks are up +0.98% for the day. Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) closed the most recent trading day at $17.18, moving +1.72% from the previous trading session despite recent losses and lay-offs. Aurora Cannabis stock gained +68.7% Friday, the biggest single-day percentage gain in its history, after expansion into U.S. CBD market.


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POLITICS

Bernie Sanders Calls For Marijuana Legalization In Senate Floor Speech On Policing Reform

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Wednesday that Congress should federally legalize marijuana as another step toward enacting policing reform and addressing racial injustices.



>>> Tennessee Lawmaker Blocks Resolution To Honor Murdered Teen, Ashanti Posey, Over Alleged Marijuana Sale >>> New Jersey Assembly Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Ahead Of Legalization Referendum >>> Nevada Pardons More Than 15,000 People With Marijuana Convictions Under Governor’s Resolution >>> Kansas City Mayor Files Measure To Remove All Local Penalties For Marijuana Possession

FINANCE


Adult-use marijuana sales show resiliency in May, despite pandemic More than 2½ months into the coronavirus pandemic, cannabis sales in five of the nations’ largest recreational markets are a mixed bag. But sharp sales increases in Oregon and Washington state – two mature adult-use markets driven by demand from in-state residents rather than tourists – suggest that marijuana consumption is rising during the COVID-19 crisis, indicating that the cannabis industry at-large is likely well positioned to weather a prolonged period of economic instability.


>>> Recovery from losses, damage during protests will take weeks for many cannabis businesses >>> Charlotte’s Web Closes Upsized C$77.6 Million Equity Offering >>> MediPharm Labs Q1 Revenue Plunges 50% to $11.1 Million >>> Grassroots Prepares to Join Curaleaf as Deal Nears Completion


CANNABIS TRENDS


The Hopes Of Illinois’ Social Equity Applicants In this op-ed, Taneeshia Thomas discusses the challenges of getting a license for a legal cannabis business while still dealing with the repercussions of the War On Drugs.


>>> Why the Cannabis Sector May be Turning a New Leaf >>> Hawaii Mayors Declare ‘Medical Cannabis Day’ Official Holiday >>> First Missouri Cannabis Grow Facility Is Up And Running >>> Louisiana Bans Smoking Hemp In All Forms Except Rolling Papers


MISCELLANEOUS


Library Of Congress Highlights Racist News Coverage Used To Justify Criminalizing Marijuana A Century Ago The Library of Congress (LOC) is documenting racist depictions of marijuana in early 20th century news coverage that helped to drive the criminalization of cannabis, highlighting sensationalized articles about the plant that the federal research body says effectively served as “anti-Mexican propaganda.”

>>> Judd Apatow On Creativity, Cannabis, And His Latest Film >>> Former NBA forward Al Harrington wants to make 100 Black individuals millionaires through the cannabis business >>> Study Finds No Association Between Cannabis Use And Risk Of Stroke >>> The Word Ganja: Origins and Meaning

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